With less than 50 days to go to the Opening Ceremony, Team England have named five wrestlers taking the total number of athletes who will compete For Team and Country on the Gold Coast to 268.
Leon Rattigan, bronze medal winner in both Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014 will participate in his third Commonwealth Games. George Ramm will be making a second appearance in Team England colours after finishing in 7th place four years ago.
The team includes three athletes, Charlie Bowling, Syerus Eslami and Georgina Nelthorpe who will be making their Commonwealth Games debut on the Gold Coast in Australia.
England has a strong record in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games having won a total of 63 medals including five gold.
Double Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Leon Rattigan said:
“It feels great to be selected, I’m really proud to be part of Team England once again. Back in Delhi I was one of the youngest on the team and now I’m more of a veteran, hopefully I can give the team some advice and use my experience to help everyone perform to their best.
“I’m looking to create my own little piece of history by winning a medal at a third consecutive Commonwealth Games, something no English wrestler has done before and this time I’m aiming for the gold. It would be nice to get a different colour medal, other than bronze.”
Georgina Nelthorpe said:
“It was unreal to be selected, I’m super proud to be on the team. I haven’t been to Australia before so it will be a unique experience for me and the competition will be of a really high standard.
“I can’t wait to be part of Team England and to get to know all of the other athletes and their sports. I definitely want to go for the gold and be the first English female ever to win a Commonwealth gold medal in wrestling but whatever happens the Games are going to be a really great experience.”
Wrestling Team Leader, Eddy Kavanagh, said:
“We’ve got Leon Rattigan and George Ramm who have been to the Commonwealth Games before. George was just 17 when he competed in Glasgow and that was a great experience for him and we’re hopeful he will do really well on the Gold Coast.
“All the new members of the team are under the age of twenty-three so it bodes well for the future of English and British Wrestling. It will be a superb for Georgina, Syreus and Charlie to be involved in a multi-sport Games; outside of the Olympics this is the only chance wrestlers get to compete alongside other sports. We can’t wait to get out to Australia and for the Games to get underway.”
Team England Chef de Mission Sarah Winckless said:
“I’m delighted to welcome our wrestling athletes to the team. The team is a great mix of youth and experience with three athletes making their debuts alongside the likes of Leon Rattigan who already has two Commonwealth medals to his name. I am looking forward to working with our wrestling team on the Gold Coast as they compete for Team and Country in April.”
The full team is as follows: